The Boncompagni Ludovisi Museum
The Boncompagni Ludovisi Museum, in Rome , is housed in the villa that bears the same name and which was designed in 1901 by the engineer Giovanni Battista Giovenale (1849-1934).
The Boncompagni Ludovisi Museum is located between Porta Pinciana and Porta Salaria, where Villa Ludovisi stood in the 17th century which, together with the nearby Villa Medici and numerous other noble villas and gardens, constituted the large green belt around the historic center of Rome since ancient.
The building is a particular example of eclectic architecture , expressive of the taste defined as "Roman baroque" of the early twentieth century with a mix of Liberty elements.
The Boncompagni Ludovisi Museum is dedicated to the decorative arts, costume and Italian fashion . Divided into five exhibition halls, the Museum exhibits the original furnishings of the villa, including furniture, tapestries, paintings and ceramics.
Also exhibited here are objects ranging from the eighteenth century to the twentieth century and which include examples of decorative arts, costume, design and Italian high fashion clothes , including models by Fausto Sarli, Fernanda Gattinoni, Valentino, Roberto Capucci, Raffaella Curiel, Lorenzo Riva, Renato Balestra, Mila Schön, Marella Ferrera, André Laug and Angelo Litrico. In 1996, the important collection of clothes that belonged to Palma Bucarelli (1910-1998), the director of the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome from 1941 to 1975 was added to this heritage. There are still clothes from the Sartoria Paradisi in Rome and the deposits of important collectors, such as that of the fashion journalist Maria Vittoria Caruso Alfonsi.
In addition to its historic collections, the Boncompagni Ludovisi Museum also hosts contemporary art events and exhibitions.
Ph. credit Roberto Galasso, Valentina Flamingo and Maximiliano Massaroni